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Black and White fifties, The: Jurgen Schadeberg’s South Africa

Schadeberg, J

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“Jurgen Schadeberg wrenches moments and people right out of time, place and mood, so that we can engage with them here and now, as we are, at the instant of looking. We gasp and feel a frisson of delight at each picture. Was it really like that? Look at the faces as they were then, the hairstyles, the clothes people wore, the way they looked at each other. What is still the same, what has changed? There is the honesty of values, the dignified and respectful treatment of the subject matter and especially the people who might be involved. In this respect Jurgen’s photographs are extraordinarily sensitive.
Jurgen had a great advantage over South African photographers – he was not part of the scene he was recording. He came with a clear perspective. He emerged from the ruined city of Berlin with a sense of innovation and joy at being alive and creative. He did not manipulate the people he photographed to prove a point, but rather, he allowed them to affirm themselves in moments of intense expressivity.”

Justice Albie Sachs September 2001

Second impression of the highly successful publication originally published in 2001.


Jurgen Schadeberg was born in Berlin in 1931 and, while still in his teens, worked as an apprentice photographer for a German Press Agency in Hamburg. In 1950 he emigrated to South Africa and became Chief Photographer, Picture Editor and Art Director on Drum Magazine. It was during this time that Jurgen photographed pivotal moments in the lives of South Africans in the fifties. These photographs represent the life and struggle of South Africans during Apartheid and include important figures in South Africa?s history such as Nelson Mandela, Moroka, Walter Sisulu, Yusuf Dadoo, Huddleston and many others who have been documented at key moments such as during The Defiance Campaign of 1952, The Treason Trial of 1958, The Sophiatown Removals and the Sharpeville Funeral in 1960.

Additional Information

Publisher Proteaboekhuis
Release date 30 Nov 2000
Skrywer Schadeberg, J
Dimensies 278 x 270 x 278 cm
Formaat Hardeband
Bladsye 125
isbn 9781919825717
Genre Fotografie

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